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Old 07-20-2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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alkalinity and calcium levels

I was wondering what was a good range for the above parameters. I have been dosing kalkweiser but i think that it has lowered my pH and is doing more harm than good. I just bought an alkalinity test kit so i can check the buffereing capacity but i am wondering what a good range to shoot for is.
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:03 PM   #2
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What are your current CA, ALK and Ph levels?
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:25 PM   #3
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Cal 240 mg/L
Alk 115mg/L
pH between 7.5 and 8 not sure of exact reading
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65W Accentic 65W Daylight PC
Aquaclear 150 HOB Filter (soon to be upgraded to a 15gal refugeum)
Seaclone 100 Protein Skimmer
20 lbs Live Sand ~2in SB
35 lbs Live Rock ~ (wanting to have about 45lbs when done)
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1 cleaner shrimp
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:15 PM   #4
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Alk of 115 mg/L is alright. Your Ca is too low though. I switched from using Kalk to a product made by kents called turbo Calcium. very potent and it wont raise your Alk/KH.
I made the mistake of using Kalk and my Alk/KH went way to high!

You should also try to find the major cause why your Ca is so low. The other thing I did was change salt. IO has a bad reputation for being low in Ca.

Stick around Steve-s might add more to this or correct me.
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With CA and ALK balance is the key. Your CA is a bit too low, so is your Ph. Try a series of 15% PWC every few days to see if this corrects the problem. Under normal circumstances regulr PWC are all you need to keep PH buffered and CA/ALK balanced. If things do not come around we ca try something else.
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